PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo Disneyland 11/11/21 (Christmas Comes to Town, More Distancing Markers Removed, No Christmas Bears, & More)
Christmas time is finally here, and every Disney park is in on the fun! Even the ones not owned or operated by the Walt Disney Company. That’s right, on our most recent visit to Tokyo Disneyland, we found that the spirit of the season has taken over, the halls are decked, and we’re excited! So let’s take a spin around the holiday Kingdom of Dreams and Magic and see what’s new.
For the holidays, the Mickey floral has received a lovely Santa hat atop the main Mouse himself.
The welcome sign bears the usual garland and lantern globes, although the entrance banners flanking the sides are rather bland compared to last year’s.
Because there’s no Christmas tree and no projections to deck World Bazaar, the hanging holiday garland has returned for what will hopefully be its last year. Next year, we’d love to see the tree and the projections back, even if it means losing the hanging garland.
Pavement work has finally been completed outside the park entrance end of the Grand Emporium.
Garland hangs from just about every possible arch, window, and support along Main Street.
The main entrance for the Grand Emporium remains open, but the side entrance next to Center Street Coffeehouse is closed due to the pavement work.
Meanwhile, scaffolds are finally down on the Sumitomo Mitsui Bank and Great American Waffle Company area of Center Street after nearly two months.
Over in front of Cinderella Castle, the rather elaborate planter featuring fall foliage has been replaced with this subtle winter pattern of snowflakes and polka dots.
The gazebo in front of the Crystal Palace is now completely covered in scaffolds and planters as work is ongoing.
Banners around the hub depict the Disney friends in their holiday garb while they perform good deeds for the season.
Some are a bit wackier than others, of course.
And some are just plain jolly!
The Santa hats and leis have returned to the tiki statues in Adventureland as well.
Over at Jungle Carnival, the latest prize are these Li’l Rin Rin cushions, themed to the new replacement for the perennial SnoSnow line.
Over at the Country Bear Theater, the Country Bear Jingle Bell Jamboree has sadly not returned for the second year in a row, joining the Haunted Mansion in not receiving seasonal overlays at all this year.
The roof of Alice’s Tea Party is still undergoing extensive work and cleaning, but fortunately, the attraction may continue to operate while work is underway.
With capacity now increasing to a reported 30,000 Guests per day, both sides of the “it’s a small world” dock are now in use once more, and boats are often being loaded with every row full.
The line for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt balloons to nearly 40 minutes most of the day, among the longest in the park, so Standby Pass is now turned on for peak hours.
As we found at Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast last week, many distancing markers in the indoor portion of the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt queue have been taken up, and their remnants washed away as the resort continues to trudge the path towards normalcy.
Over in Toontown, all four of the Disney friends’ houses in the land have been decked out top to bottom in Christmas decor, with the most elaborate likely being Donald’s Boat.
Christmas decor is up in Belle’s Village for the first time ever; the area was not decorated last year due to its newness.
This is a shot we never get tired of taking, even after so many photo reports since its opening!
Not all social distancing lines are being removed; the glow-in-the-dark lines at Space Mountain are still in place (for the time being). Only time will tell how long it takes until these are gone too.
And that’s the latest from Tokyo Disneyland! We hope you enjoyed this lovely spin around the park, and of course, stay tuned to WDWNT for the latest on the Tokyo Disney Resort!
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